AF Personality series presents: Erin Cebula
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Assignment Fashion recently sat down with TV personality Erin Cebula, West Coast correspondent for ET Canada. What many of you don##Q##t know is just how hard she worked to get to where she is today. In an industry full of pretty faces this local beauty has a secret weapon that sets her apart, intelligence. Erin does not sit back and let others ##Q##do##Q## for her, she gets into every story and interview often writing and producing her on segments.
We asked Erin a few questions before the photoshoot and the answers are what we expected, thoughtful and intelligent. Erin##Q##s passion for her job and dedication to her friends and family keeps her going strong, and even after 11 years Erin gets a warm girlish smile at the mention of her husband and best friend Shawn and their super-mutt Lenny. Read for yourself why we here at AF fell for this local gem.
How long have you been with global and ET Canada?
I have been with Global BC since 2000, (back when it was BCTV) but took 2002-2004 off to pursue live television as the host of Urban Rush. When that contract ended, I was asked to return to Global as the Global BC Entertainment Reporter and West Coast Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight Canada. My timing was perfect!
Best and worst things about Entertainment reporting?
There’s nothing more exciting than landing a big interview with an actor or performer you admire. I really do enjoy that rush and the producing tasks that come along with it. I coordinate interviews; book cameras; choose locations; field produce and write stories as well – it’s a well rounded gig with exciting challenges. I also get to see the world, and that’s the ultimate goal of an experience junkie!
The negatives are few and far between, but occasionally I do work with individuals who take the business and themselves far too seriously. My philosophy has always been: make it fun, engaging and stress free – because it’s only TV.
Favorite interview since Joining ET Canada?
I have made so many amazing connections with great people over the past 11 years it’s really hard to choose. I will say that interviewing Hugh Jackman the day he was declared World’s Sexiest Man; dancing with Michael Buble in his music video; and getting girly with Queen Latifah in 2007 are 3 moments I will never forget.
You act as well any new projects we should know about ?
I did have a desire to be an actor at one time, but my resume is VERY limited. I was Tori Spelling’s mute roommate in “Mother May I Sleep with Danger” and the poster girl for COMCAST America. My favourite projects have been the dorky videos I have put together with my TV friends for fun. If you want a laugh – check out Wonderbread’s “Let Your Backbone Slide” on Youtube. Or, for something more legit watch Carl Bessai’s new film Sisters and Brothers. I make a small appearance in the final scene.
Favorite story to date ?
My favourite story was a piece I produced and wrote about the documentary “The Cove”. I interviewed two of the Vancouver free divers who were part of a dangerous mission to save dolphins and it was a moving and powerful piece.
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Early years … first gigs you got ?
I started in the industry as an editor, so my first few years out of BCIT were spent in dark rooms counting frames. My big break came with James Barber’s cooking show The Urban Peasant. I was the control room PA and the editor of that program, and that experience taught me so much about production and hard work. My on-camera gigs run the gamut, from corporate to cooking and entertainment, and every single gig has made me a better reporter and host.
You did Urban Rush for a while do you ever think about hosting a show again or do you like the freedom you have now ?
I would love to host a show again. Urban Rush was a great training ground and HGTV’s Makeover Wish was like reality show boot camp. I’d love to incorporate ideas from both shows into one super-positive, irreverent and entertaining piece of TV. In fact, I am currently bouncing some ideas around with a few other local media gals. Stay tuned…
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You are a spokeswomen for the Children’s Charity Network. What made you want to take on this project and how long have you been with them?
I was approached to be the spokesperson for the BC Children’s Hospital Lottery in 2009 and have developed a great relationship with the team. The lottery raises millions for BCCH and I have many family members and friends who rely on the expert care the hospital provides.
How long have you been married and how did you meet?
I met my husband Shawn Lee in 1999 and we have been inseparable ever since. We met through mutual friends and had an instant connection. For the past 11 years we have tried our best to live life to the fullest; cooking, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. We are also the parents of an 11 year old super-mutt named Lenny. He’s our fur baby and that’s pretty much all we can handle right now.
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Erin can be seen through out the week on Global TV on various news casts and on Entertainment Tonight Canada as ##Q##Entertainment##Q## correspondent. AF had an amazing time shooting and talking with Erin and we would like everybody to celebrate the amazing talent our local women bring to the news and entertainment industry. We would like to thank Erin for taking the time to come see us and taking a chance with our concept.
Stay tuned for more from our “Personalities” series … up next will be 2 more Local talents .. Beatrice King (50/50, Mortal Kombat) and Kacey Rohl (Red Riding Hood, The Killing).
Story by: Noel Bentley
Photography: Toranj Kayvon website
Styling: Claudia Da Ponte website
Hair and Make-up: Brianna Errelat website
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